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Gluten-Free Energy Bar Recipe

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Gluten-Free Energy Bar Recipe

Gluten-Free Energy Bars

2014 © Teri Lee Gruss
Homemade gluten-free energy bars are an easy, no-bake, nutritious and economical alternative to commercial energy bars. Best of all, you can substitute your favorite dried fruits, nut butters, nuts or seeds and sweeteners to create your own personalized energy bar. Pack gluten-free energy bars in lunch and travel bags for a healthy, away-from-home gluten-free snack.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 3/4 cup nut butter (almond OR cashew OR peanut OR sunflower butter)
  • 3/4 cup sweetener syrup (honey OR GF brown rice syrup OR good quality Agave nectar)
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted raw nuts and / or seeds (almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds- use your favorites in any combination)
  • 1 cup unsulfured dried fruit (cherries, cranberries, blueberries, apricots, pineapple, raisins- use your favorite dried fruits in any combination)
  • 4 cups gluten-free rice crispie cereal
  • 1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper

Place nuts and / or roasted seeds and dried fruit in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse several times, just until the mixture is coarsely ground.

In a large saucepan melt nut butter with liquid sweetener over medium low heat. Stir and watch carefully to prevent scorching. When the mixture is smooth and bubbling cook for about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add salt and vanilla and stir to combine. Use a large spatula to stir in nuts, dried fruit and cereal. Stir until all ingredients are coated with nut butter mixture.

Scrape mixture on to the prepared baking sheet. Use the spatula to evenly spread the mixture on the pan. Place a large piece of waxed paper over the mixture and use a rolling pin to smooth the top of the mixture. Cover with the waxed paper and refrigerate for about 2 hours before cutting the energy bars into whatever sizes you prefer.

Wrap bars in waxed paper and store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Yield- About 16 -32 bars depending on how they are cut. I made 16 large bars by cutting the mixture in half lengthwise and then cutting each half into 8 pieces, about 1 1/2 inches wide.

Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.
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 5 out of 5
Best energy bars ever, Member ehilburn

These bars are awesome! My four-year-old daughter is allergic to wheat and nuts so I started making these for her after getting tired of spending way too much money on allergen-free cereal bars that don't even taste good. I use soy butter, honey, GF Rice Krispies, 1 cup of honey roasted sunflower seeds, 1 cup of dried cranberries and 1/2 cup of raisins. Everything is already small so I don't even have to put it in a food processor. This recipe is so easy and delicious. I'm supposed to save them all for my daughter, but I find myself sneaking one from the refrigerator from time to time.

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